Previously Unpublished Zora Neale Hurston Work To Be Released Next Year

December 21, 2017  |  

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The contributions of the late author Zora Neale Hurston are vast, rich and have left an indelible mark on American literature.

And while Hurston has been deceased since 1960, a new previously unpublished work of hers will be released next year.

Harper Collins will serve a publisher for Hurston’s Barracoon. It tells the true story of Cudjo Lewis, the last known person to survive the transatlantic slave trade. Not only is Lewis a survivor; after the abolition of slavery he went on to found a community in Plateau, Alabama. It was known as Africatown.

According to Harper Collins, Hurston began working on the book in 1927 when she first visited Plateau and interviewed Lewis, who was 95-years-old at the time.

The book will include, “memories from [Lewis’] childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilde, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War.”

Barracoon will be available in May 2018.

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